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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
TRUE to its design, the island barrier under construction from the old airport at Araneta Street going to south Negros, is for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
False are the drivers who are either drunk, speed addicts, fast and furious, adventurous and think that the highway is still wide as it was before.
The only fault of the contractor is not clearing up the waste materials, shoveling in order the sand and gravel dumped for cementing the project and NOT putting enough early warning device clearly visible to motorists especially at night.
For motorcycle riders, except those not wearing helmets and who accelerate as if there is no tomorrow, the barrier is a safety measure not to crash head on with oncoming four to ten-wheelers or getting bumped by hothead drivers of jeepneys and utility vehicles.
For call center agents, government and private office employees, ordinary citizens and residents of the area, the island is protection in crossing the street. Unlike before when going to the other side, pedestrians have to walk cautiously or sprint across afraid that some speed addict turn him/her a hit-and-run victim or worse spaghetti.
The next step after that P9 million project is finished is for the government to change the lights up to Sum-ag as some accidents are caused by dimly lit areas. It will cost the city but it will lessen the accidents in that stretch were Teletech and Transcom call centers are located.
Vehicular accidents will not vanish as long as there are motorists plying the route and cars and jeepneys continue to mushroom in Bacolod City. We can't change or stop progress but people in the know knew how to face and solve problems that come their way.
The island barrier is intended for the good of the public and we should thank whoever made this possible. These are the public servants we need as there are no signage to whom we should be thankful to or owe our gratitude.
There is no such marker like in ambulances' ("through the effort of ...) or road placards' ("sorry for the inconvenience...") whom people despise of. Why should we have our "utang ng loob" for said government officials, when it is taxpayers' money being used for these project, in the first place.
The "name-painting" era may be vanishing but with the coming barangay election, we might be seeing slogans or streamers shouting "you are entering the barangay of captain....." and so on.
For senior citizens, looking at the improvement done without much photo-ops or PR work is good enough to enjoy the surrounding and retirement -- pork or no pork.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 18, 2013.